Roy Benedict Stewart of Wyola was born August 13, 1957 to Jackson Stewart, Jr. and Rose Marie Blackhawk. Roy was a member of the Big Lodge Clan and a child of the Piegan Clan. His Indian name is Chiiwaa kia kodush (Answered Prayers) given to him by Harold Stone, Sr. Roy attended Wyola Public Schools, St. Labre Catholic School and St. Lawrence Seminary in Mount Calvary, Wisconsin his sophomore and junior year. His senior year, he returned and graduated from St. Labre. He attended Sheridan Junior College, Sante Fe School of Arts, and graduated from the American Indian Bible College. He received his Bachelors Degree in Ministerial Services with a minor in Social Work. He completed his Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Montana Billings. Roy participated in basketball during grade school and high school, and arrow throwing during his younger years. He was a member of the Mighty Few Arrow Throwing Champions. He started playing the guitar during high school and continued throughout his life. His work history includes the Crow Tribe Education Department, Gila River Indian Reservation working as a drug and alcohol counselor and Crow IHS. He was an instructor at the Little Big Horn College for 13 years. During his time there, he was in charge of the Film and Media Club and took the group to various educational institutions of higher learning, touring college campuses. While living in Phoenix, Arizona, Roy started a Homeless Ministry. He worked with gangs and did two outreach activities with Nicky Cruz and Art Blajos. Roy is survived by his brothers Dennis (Sharon) Bastien, Dwight (Marlene) Stewart, Lemuel Stewart, Kenneth (Barbara) Spotted, Anda (Henry Prettyontop) and Jacquelyn Stewart; his uncles Ronnie (Roseline) Yellowmule, Ronnie Stewart, David Yarlott, Sr., and Melvin Pretty Paint; and adopted mother Ramona Wahleema. Roy was a descendant of Chief Pretty Eagle, Crazy Head, Magpie Man, Whitemanrunshim and Long Hair. He was very proud of his Crow heritage. He had many friends and adopted relatives throughout the United States. Other relatives include Star Family, Brass, Otter, Yellowmule, Plain Feather, Hugs, Big Man, Joe Ten Bear family, Half, Stewart, Red Wolf, Hunts Arrow, Whiteman, Spotted Tail, and the Hidatsa relatives from North Dakota. We have many relatives and may have forgotten to mention some, please do not be offended as this is a very difficult time for the family and friends. Roy’s special friends include Nicky Cruz, a former gang leader of the most powerful gang in New York City, The Mau Mau Gang, BoJack Black Feather, a stunt man from California who introduced him to the Southern California Film Industry. His adopted brothers are Fabian and Gary North Piegan, Art Blajos, Vince Blackhawk, Laialle Spang, Dr. Dale Small, Matthew Harris, Dean Goodluck, Marlon Black Eagle and Fred Howe, III; adopted sisters Almeda Goodluck, and Janice Wilson; adopted sons: David and Marcus Driftwood. Funeral Service is Friday, May 3rd at 10:30 AM at the Spirit of Life Foursquare Church in Crow Agency. Burial to follow at the Blackhawk Cemetery in Wyola. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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